Your body went through numerous changes over the course of your pregnancy, and you had nine months to adjust to your changing body that was growing and nurturing the baby inside. After nine months of change you can’t expect your body to just bounceright back to its pre-pregnancy state. But, if your doctor gives you the go-ahead at your six-week postpartum check-up you can start to get back on the path to your pre-baby self by trying some of these suggestions.
Get outside with your baby
If you are a runner or jogger, then invest in a good jogging stroller and take your baby with you on regular runs or walks. In addition to the exercise, you will also benefit from being outside in the freshair and sunshine, and so will your baby!
Find a mommy and baby exercise class
Check your local list serves, gyms and even ask your pediatrician about nearby yoga or fitness classes specifically for new moms. The classes will be tailored to your post-baby body, and youwill meet other new moms with babies the same age – a win-win all around.
Eat healthy whole foods
If you are breastfeeding, your baby will be eating the same as you. So think lots of vegetables, fruits and healthy whole grains, which will provide you and your baby with necessary nutrients and vitamins. Don’t think about dieting at this time, and always consult you doctor about how many calories you need during breastfeeding. If you’re not breastfeeding you won’t need as many calories, but you should still prioritize unprocessed and healthy foodsso that you will give your body everything it needs.
Drink lots of water
Staying hydrated, especially as you start to increase your physical activity is essential and is especially important if you’re breastfeeding. Flavor water with fresh lemon, lime or oranges, or mix with a littlejuice if you don’t like plain water.
Check out online and DVD exercise videos made specifically for postpartum moms
A quick online search will pull up many highly rated and well-reviewed videos by fitness experts that are created with new moms in mind. Always check withyour doctor before starting an exercise program, but if you have the go ahead, these are a great and inexpensive option that you can do right at home when baby is napping.
Get your sleep when you can
Speaking of napping, since your sleep will be erratic those first few months until your baby sleeps through the night, you should try and nap at least once when your baby naps. Getting enough sleep iskey to your body fully recovering. And you'll have the energy to exercise and enjoy your baby, too!
No matter how you choose to get back to your pre-baby body keep in mind that it took nine months to put the weight on and could take at least that long to take it off. Be gentle with yourself and know that fitting into your old skinny jeans is less importantthan feeling like a strong, confident new mom!
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